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Padres' Yonder Alonso, Alexi Amarista get second day off in last three
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6:12 pm ET) For the second time in three games, the Padres are keeping both first baseman Yonder Alonso and shortstop Alexi Amarista out of the starting lineup. 

Just as in Saturday's contest, Yangervis Solarte gets the start at first and Clint Barmes will start at shortstop.

It's Solarte's fifth start of the year at first, and Barmes eighth at short. They're hitting fifth and eighth in the lineup respectively. 


Angels' Joyce, Giavotella swap places in batting order Monday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5:53 pm ET) Angels manager Mike Scioscia swapped left fielder Matt Joyce and second baseman Johnny Giavotella in the batting order for Monday's game against the Mariners. Giavotella hit sixth, while Joyce, who has just one hit in 21 career at-bats against the M's starter Felix Hernandez, is now batting seventh.

Joyce is also struggling at the plate recently. He has just four hits in his last 10 games and only one RBI. Giavotella, meanwhile, has been a bit of a sparkplug for the Angels. He's hitting .250 (8 for 32) with three RBI over his last 10 games. 


Report: Tigers' Justin Verlander to undergo MRI Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:52 pm ET) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander will undergo his latest MRI on his strained triceps muscle Tuesday, FOX Sports reports.

Verlander suffered the injury in his final spring training start and has yet to pitch in the regular season. He reported no discomfort after a light toss session Thursday but was still in line for an MRI this week.


Phillies P Chad Billingsley to make first start of season on Tuesday
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5:36 pm ET) Phillies pitcher Chad Billingsley is ready to make his return to the big leagues. 

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Billingsley will start in Tuesday's game against the Braves. This will be his first MLB game since April 15, 2013. The veteran right-hander is coming off of consecutive elbow surgeries, which have slowed his career. 

He holds a 3.65 ERA in his career. Billingsley's first nine seasons, including 2014, were spent with the Dodgers. 


Marlins' Dee Gordon has second-best homestand in baseball history
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5:35 pm ET) Marlins infielder Dee Gordon went 20 for 31 on the nine-game homestand that ended on Sunday. His .645 average is the second highest in baseball history for a homestand that long.

Only Barry Bonds has ever had a better homestand. He went 13 for 19 (.684) over a 10-game stand in 2004. 

"Let's just be honest about it, I’m not going to be as good as Barry Bonds, ever," Gordon said, per the Miami Herald.

Seven of Gordon's eight games over the homestand were multi-hit games, including three 3-hit nights and a 4-hit outing. He scored five runs, drove in two and walked four times. 


Twins' Casey Fien to begin throwing program Thursday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:33 pm ET) Twins pitcher Casey Fien is scheduled to begin his throwing program Thursday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Fien was placed on the disabled list the previous Thursday with a shoulder injury he suffered in his most recent appearance while allowing three earned runs on five hits in an inning of work. He owns a 4.35 ERA and 3:0 K:BB ratio in 10 1/3 innings.


Rockies closer Adam Ottavino facing Tommy John surgery
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:27 pm ET) Rockies closer Adam Ottavino is likely to need Tommy John surgery to repair his injured right elbow, Ottavino said to the Denver Post on Monday. A further evaluation with team doctors revealed a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.

"Baseball is my love. So I will do everything I can to come back," Ottavino said Monday. "I've accepted it. I'll take it head on."

Ottavino was placed on the 15-day DL last week with a right triceps injury. Ottavino posted a 1-0 record with three saves in 10 1/3 innings of work this season. John Axford will likely fill in as the closer.


Twins opt to leave Aaron Hicks, Byron Buxton in minors
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5:27 pm ET) With Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia (hip) going on the disabled list Monday, the team opted to promote outfield prospect Eddie Rosario from the minors to take his roster spot. Manager Paul Molitor said the team chose Rosario because it isn't going to be a long-term situation.

Molitor added the only other player considered for a promotion was Aaron Hicks. Molitor made it a point to say top prospect Byron Buxton was not in the conversation.

Hicks is batting .289 with two home runs, three triples, five doubles and 13 RBI in 21 games at Triple-A. He also has 15 runs, 12 walks and 15 strikeouts.

Buxton is batting .287 with two home runs, three doubles, five triples and 12 RBI in 22 games at Double-A.


Rays' Alex Cobb suffers setback in rehab
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5:23 pm ET) Rays pitcher Alex Cobb suffered a setback in his injury rehab, manager Kevin Cash told the media on Monday.

Cobb is on the 15-day disabled list with a forearm injury. He had been throwing bullpen sessions and worked on offspeed pitches off of flat ground on Sunday. 

The setback means that Cobb will cease the throwing program and get reevaluated by medical staff. 


Angels recall catcher Carlos Perez from Triple-A, DFA Drew Butera
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:19 pm ET) The Angels have recalled catcher Carlos Perez from Triple-A Salt Lake and designated Drew Butera for assignment, the team announced Monday.

Perez appeared in 17 games for Salt Lake with a .361 average and 12 RBI in 72 at-bats. Butera is hitting .190 in 21 at-bats this season. 


 
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